Welcome to the website of Christ Church, Sandown and
Happy Easter!

Thank you for visiting this website.  We would be so glad to extend a warm welcome to you at any church service or event but obviously due to the current Covid-19 situation there are limited opportunities for us to do so.

Our next physical service will be on Sunday 2 May and regular Sunday services will then take place from there on in.  For the time being attendance at services is subject to certain social distancing precautions which are shown as a separate menu item.

Whilst we look forward to when we can recommence with our normal services and meetings, it is our intention to continue to support everyone through maintaining our on-line services and virtual meet-ups so do please keep in touch.

The death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was announced on 9 April.  Our thoughts are with the Queen and the royal family at this time. This is the official prayer released which you may wish to use as part of your prayers:

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

This week's on-line service video 
Sunday 11 April is the second Sunday of Easter.  A link to the online service is shown below. 



Memory verse of the week

"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live" (Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV)

Memory verses from previous weeks can be accessed by clicking here.


Special Easter video produced for young people

A special video has been recorded which features two characters Little P and Tim.  Viewing is seen as being suitable for those aged 8 and upwards.  In this pilot episode the two buddies talk about some of the events of Easter.  A link to the video is shown below.


Caring for each other

If you find yourself isolated and in need please call or text Mark on 07873 406558.  We have people who can help and are very happy to chat on the phone if you should be worried.  In any event do spend time calling people you know.  We might all be socially isolating but we can still keep in touch. If you would just like a regular call let us know and we can link you up with someone.

Prayer

The church building remains generally inaccessible even for personal prayer due to the hygiene arrangements required following its use. There are two regular prayer times which you are welcome to join via Zoom.  They are on Saturday mornings at 8.30am and Sunday afternoons at 4pm. To join the prayer times please get your name on Mark's email list for notification as to how you can join the sessions which last for half an hour - the link is in under the heading below.  We note that of course the church building is not the only place we can pray.  Can we encourage everyone to pray at home and may be even pray over the phone/FaceTime/WhatsApp/Skype/Messenger/Zoom with someone else!  “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Worship, messages and news

Worship at home and mid week message.  Weekly Worship at Home services are being recorded and are available on the church's YouTube Channel and/or the church's Facebook page. A search on Christ Church Sandown will locate both these sources.  The Worship at Home service is uploaded and available from 6pm each Saturday for you to use at the time of your choice on Sundays.  The Worship at Home service includes a message, worship songs recorded by members of our worship group together with prayers and often interviews and/or special items.  A mid-week message is also being recorded on the church's Facebook page and is published on Wednesdays.

Apart from the church's own services, we would commend the local Facebook live service of St Paul's Barton at 10am on Sundays.

Church news.  We have a church email list which is used to alert everyone to the publication of videos and the latest news generally.  If you would like to be kept in contact in this way please ask to be put on our mail list which Mark Williams is maintaining (click here to contact Mark for this purpose).

Summer yarn bombing

There are plans for another knitted and crocheted display around the town this summer and once again it would be great if Christ Church took part in this community venture.  The theme this year is 'I do like to be beside the seaside'.  It would be lovely if as many people as possible could join in. Rachel Forrest or Pam Moore can give more details and will keep us informed as the plans emerge.

Blue tit

The Easter Day service included "a blue tit parable".  For those anxious about the how she is getting on, here is a picture of her asleep in the nest box on Monday evening 12 April.

Blue tit asleep on nest 12 April

The nest now needs to have feathers to be included to finish it off and then (hopefully) she will sit and lay an egg a day.  Blue tits can lay up to 10 or so eggs although the final brood will be much less.  There have been some traumatic moments but so far so good!

Staying in touch - Home Groups and Coffee Meets

The church home groups are not currently physically meeting but are meeting on-line on various days and times. There is also a regular Friday coffee morning Zoom meeting   If you would like to join a home group or be linked into the coffee meeting please email Paul Corbett (click here to contact Paul for this purpose) who will help put you in touch with a group.

Little Friends

In view of the restrictions under which the group would need to operate, we are not able to currently provide the meeting together facilities previously enjoyed.  Reluctantly, therefore, a decision has been made to relaunch the group once we are able to operate the church building as normal.